Venues announced for Celtic Colours 2019

Venues announced for 2019 Celtic Colours International Festival 
 
Despite being the shortest month of the year, February is one that holds some real significance for many folks. You may find solace in it being the last month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and knowing that regardless of what the groundhogs may say, winter will soon give way to spring. For some it’s all about the middle of the month and that magical day full of hearts and flowers, lovely cards and romantic dinners. But if you’re a fan of the Celtic Colours International Festival—Cape Breton’s island-wide celebration of music and culture that has captivated Celtic music lovers around the world—February means you can finally get started on making real plans for the fall festivities.
 
Although it’s still months until the full schedule and line-up of artists is revealed, this early announcement sees the Festival begin to take shape, specifically in terms of when and where concerts will be happening.
 
“It’s a big help, in terms of making plans, to know what communities are hosting concerts on what days,” says Mike MacSween, Executive Director of Celtic Colours. "Being able to announce the list of venues and communities gives folks the opportunity to really start finalizing their plans.”
 
This year’s schedule features afternoon matinees on seven of the nine days of the Festival, as well as concerts every night, including four licensed shows and the nightly Festival Club at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, which is also restricted to 19 years and over. 
 
Three new venues—the North Sydney Fire Hall, the Louisdale Lions Club, and Ephraim Scott Memorial Presbyterian Church in South Haven—join the ranks of long-time Celtic Colours venues like the
historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, the celebrated Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and state-of-the-art Strathspey Performing Arts Centre in Mabou, as well as some of the Island’s most beautiful churches, and an array of schools, and community, parish and fire halls in 35 communities around the Island. 
 
The Celtic Colours International Festival will open this year in Sydney on Friday, October 11 at Centre 200 and close Saturday, October 19 with a concert at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. In total, there will be 52 concerts taking place in Aspy Bay, Baddeck, Belle Côté, Big Pond, Boisdale, Boularderie, Chéticamp, Christmas Island, D'Escousse, Eskasoni, Glace Bay, Glendale, Ingonish, Inverness, Iona, Judique, L'Ardoise, Louisbourg, Louisdale, Lower River Inhabitants, Mabou, Marion Bridge, Membertou, New Waterford, North Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, Port Morien, South Haven, St. Ann’s, St. Peter's, Sydney, Sydney Mines, Sydney River, Wagmatcook, and Whycocomagh. The 2019 Celtic Colours International Festival runs October 11-19. The full schedule and line-up of artists will be announced June 21 with tickets going on sale July 9.


Celtic Colours International Festival

Venue Schedule (11-19 October 2019)

Full schedule will be available Friday, June 21.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, July 9 at 10AM ADT.

Friday October 11

Sydney – Centre 200 • 7:30PM

Saturday October 12

Inverness – St. Matthew’s United Church • 2:00PM
Christmas Island – Christmas Island Fire Hall • 2:00PM
Mabou – Strathspey Performing Arts Centre • 7:30PM
Glace Bay – Savoy Theatre • 7:30PM
Boularderie – Boularderie School • 7:30PM
Wagmatcook – Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Center • 7:30PM
Membertou – Membertou Trade and Convention Center • 7:30PM

Sunday October 13

St. Ann’s – Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College • 2:00PM
Chéticamp – Place des arts Père-Anselme-Chiasson • 2:00PM
Louisbourg – Fortress of Louisbourg Chapel • 6:00PM
Boisdale – Boisdale Volunteer Fire Department • 7:30PM
Port Hawkesbury – SAERC (Strait Area Education Recreation Centre) • 7:30PM
Whycocomagh – Whycocomagh Education Centre • 7:30PM
Membertou – Membertou Trade and Convention Centre • 7:30PM

Monday October 14

Eskasoni – Sarah Denny Cultural Centre • 2:00PM
Judique – Judique Community Centre • 7:30PM
D’Escousse – D’Escousse Civic Improvement Hall • 7:30PM
Sydney – Highland Arts Theatre • 7:30PM
North Sydney – North Sydney Fire Hall • 7:30PM
Baddeck – Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site • 7:30PM

Tuesday October 15

New Waterford – Calvin United Church • 2:00PM
Mabou – Strathspey Performing Arts Centre • 7:30PM
Chéticamp – Place des arts Père-Anselme-Chiasson • 7:30PM
Lower River Inhabitants – Riverdale Community Centre • 7:30PM
Sydney River – Our Lady of Fatima Church • 7:30PM
Port Morien – Port Morien Legion / Community Centre • 7:30PM

Wednesday October 16

South Haven – Ephraim Scott Memorial Presbyterian Church • 2:00PM
Mabou – Strathspey Performing Arts Centre • 7:30PM
Aspy Bay – North Highlands Elementary • 7:30PM
Glendale – St. Mary of the Angels Community Hall • 7:30PM
Louisbourg – Louisbourg Playhouse • 7:30PM
St. Peter’s – St. Peter’s Lions Hall • 7:30PM
Sydney – Highland Arts Theatre • 7:30PM

Thursday October 17

Judique – Judique Community Centre • 7:30PM
Baddeck – Inverary Resort / MacAulay Conference Centre • 7:30PM
Iona – Malagawatch Church, Highland Village • 7:30PM
L’Ardoise – L’Ardoise Community Centre • 7:30PM
Sydney River – United Protestant Church of Sydney River • 7:30PM
Ingonish – St. Peter’s Parish • 7:30PM
Belle Côte – Cape Breton Highlands Academy • 7:30PM

Friday October 18

Marion Bridge – Marion Bridge Recreation Centre • 2:00PM
Louisbourg – Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site • 5:30PM
Inverness – Inverness Education Centre / Academy • 7:30PM
Sydney – Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion • 7:30PM
Sydney Mines – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church • 7:30PM
Baddeck – Greenwood United Church • 7:30PM
Louisdale – Louisdale Lions Club • 7:30PM

Saturday October 19

North Sydney – St. Matthew Wesley United Church • 2:00PM
Big Pond – Big Pond Community Centre / Fire Hall • 2:00PM
St. Ann’s – Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College • 2:00PM
Port Hawkesbury – Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre • 7:30PM

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